May 28, 2013 in Nation/World

Gigantic Romanian flag earns Guinness world record

Associated Press
 
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An aerial picture shows a huge Romanian flag on the Clinceni Airfield in Romania on Monday.
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BUCHAREST, Romania – A Romanian village on Monday unfurled what is the largest flag ever made, Guinness World Records said.

It took about 200 people several hours Monday to roll out the flag, which measured about 1,145 feet by 744.5 feet, about three times the size of a football field, according to Jack Brockbank, an adjudicator for Guinness World Records who measured the flag before pronouncing it the biggest flag in the world.

“It gives me great pleasure to recognize a new Guinness World Record title,” he said after measuring the flag. “Congratulations, Romania!” He said Romania’s red, yellow and blue flag covers an area of about 853,478 square feet, downing Lebanon, which had held the previous record.

The five-ton flag was displayed in Clinceni, 22 miles southeast of Bucharest. Workers struggled to keep it firmly planted on the ground because of windy conditions and had to use small sandbags.

Adrian Dragomir, manager of the Flags Factory that created the flag, said it took weeks to sew, and 44 miles of thread was needed.

A military brass band played as Prime Minister Victor Ponta and other ministers arrived in the village to view the flag.

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